Have you ever been in a place where you’ve discovered that God has been working behind your back? It happened to me today and I couldn’t be more excited about it!
I’ve been praying about a young women discipleship program for the Junior and Senior High girls in my church for a few years now. At first, when God impressed the need upon my heart, I thought that I must be the woman for the job, so I prayed to that end. But I hoped that He would give me some help if I was to do it because I really didn’t have any experience with this kind of thing. I was grateful for the women who walked with me through my teenage years of spiritual development and I wanted to be able to pass on the legacy.
But, at least for the moment, this is a dream I was given to nurture in prayer and in faith and in discussions with other like-minded people, but not to develop. Instead, God has raised up a woman that He has been specially fitting for the job. A girl who will learn to follow God in new ways through this. And a leader who has a fine set of cohorts to get done the job that God has given them.
You see, God’s been showing me — and, oh, how I need it! — that I don’t need to be the one on whom everyone depends. I do not make people grow in godliness or delight in God’s grace in fresh ways; God does. I am just a little counterpart who gets the joy of being a part that is connected to the grand machine of God’s will.
I don’t figure any larger than anyone else, but I don’t need to because God uses everybody — and He uses us in the best ways when we work together on something larger than any one of us can see. We simply trust God that He can handle each of us and keep us in the place we need to be for His glory-machine to run well and be able to bless the whole world.